The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce the publication of its first book,Word of Mouth: Conversations with Visiting Writers on Their Craft. The inaugural volume of this new annual series features over 200 pages of hard-won insight, advice, and personal anecdotes from some of the finest writers in this country and abroad.
The Piper Center for Creative Writing is committed to supporting a vibrant and diverse literary community in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Through our giving program, you can ensure your financial support for our students and our community programs.
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Treat yourself (or a writer friend) this holiday season to a Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference registration. Spend four inspiring days with some of the nation's finest writers and teachers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction.
The conference takes place March 3–6 on the ASU Tempe campus. The award-winning faculty will include Tiffany Atkinson, Andrea Barrett, Robert Boswell, Gretel Ehrlich, Tony Hoagland, Naeem Murr, Victor LaValle, Antonya Nelson, Jem Poster, David Shields, Connie Voisine, C. Dale Young and others.
SPECIAL OFFER: Register between now and Jan.1 and receive a complimentary copy of our new publication,Word of Mouth.
Click HERE to register. Don't delay, registration closes Jan. 28.
Hayden’s Ferry Review #47 is Out!
If you’re looking for some perfect holiday reading, we’ve got just the thing. Hayden's Ferry Review's 47th issue, (which prompted one contributor to say, “Look at that rectangular holiday!”) is filled with fantastic writing. “Snow” by Tamar Jacobs will make you feel chilly even in Arizona. On the other end of the spectrum is Patricia Lockwood's poem about Robinson Crusoe on his sandy island. The issue’s artwork features women photographers from around the globe, and we’ve got interviews with Benjamin Percy and ASU alum Adam Johnson on writing great fiction. Our international section features writers from Iceland, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Indonesia and Armenia.
We closed out our fall readings in fine fashion on Dec. 2, as the ASU MFA faculty read before a standing room only crowd in Pima Auditorium.
If you missed this event, or any of our other fall readings, you can watch them HERE.
Looking ahead, we welcome poet Eleanor Wilner in February. Complete details about her visit are coming soon.
Alumna Sarah Vap Inspires Young Writers
The Young Writers Program (YWP) (ASU Education Partnerships) and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing brought poet and ASU MFA alumna Sarah Vap to La Joya Community High School’s new Performing Arts Center on Nov. 2 to read and speak to over 300 students.
The event was part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers in the Schools Series, which brings highly-acclaimed writers into the k-12 community.The La Joya students studied Vap's biography and writing during YWP creative writing residencies.
Vap also gave a public reading at the Piper Writers House. Click HERE to watch the reading.
Sing Someone: In Memory of Jeremy Spohr
by Sally Ball
Jeremy received his MFA from ASU in the fall of 2009; he died in August 2010. To many of us he was a good friend: deep listener, thoughtful examiner—sturdy and generous and funny and dear.
An Italian translation of Melissa Pritchard's short story collection, The Instinct for Bliss, will be published by Palomar Press, Bari, Italy, in spring, 2011, as part of the La Vigna Nascosta series on American writers, editor, Mario Materassi. A translation of her novella, Phoenix, is part of that series as well.
Ninth Ward, a young adult novel by Jewell Parker Rhodes, was selected one of the Best Books of 2010 by School Library Journal.
MFA Alumni News
Katie Cappello '08 had a poem chosen to be featured on the Poetry Foundation website by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. The poem is from her debut collection, Perpetual Care.